I intended to write a post yesterday, but I had a Java update that played a little havoc on my computer. Nothing major, but their attempt to install unwanted software really kind of irked me. I hate when companies try to sneak something on to your computer that you don't want. It is deceptive and I think a very poor practice. Unfortunately, Java script is a program that most of us need to function online and because of that, we are forced to have it (and all that it brings with it) on our computer. Long story short – I spent some time removing the unwanted programs and by that time I needed to move ahead and didn't have time to post even a short entry.
I spent most of the day working on another site update. Between Keith and I, we have been adding quite a few new patterns to our website. Our updates have been steady at intervals of about ever other week and we think that is a good time frame because it doesn't overwhelm our customers, yet it keeps them interested in seeing 'what's next'.
I always like to show things here in the blog as well, as not everyone likes to subscribe to mailing lists. This way they can see our new things without having to subscribe to our list. I think it helps bring us new people as well.
Keith has found continued success in creating beautiful word art patterns. It seems that people love to create and give plaques that are attractive and bring positive messages. Keith certainly has mastered making that combination work well. Between inspirational sayings, seasonal phrases and popular Bible passages, he has been able to offer quite a collection.
This time he created some new plaques that are both seasonal and non-seasonal. His SLDK451 Joy, Love and Laughter sectional plaques are really beautiful. I love these plaques and I love that there are two versions available. That way people of all faiths can enjoy them.
Also for the holiday season, Keith created another set of beautiful filigree ornaments. This time the subject was reindeer and he created nine prancing reindeer and a sleigh with Santa as the pilot. SLDK504 - 10 Filigree Reindeer Ornaments
He also created some non-seasonal plaques – a set of Grandma and Grandpa "Blessings" plaques (SLDK505 – THREE versions of the plaque included):
And finally a set of "I Love You" word art plaques (SLDK399) that would be appropriate for just about any time of the year.
As for me – I finally got a chance to build the pattern packet for the cute Jumping Santa and Elf pattern that I had shown a couple of months ago. (SLD465 - Jumping Santa and Elf pattern)
This was one of the projects that I had intended for the Holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, but as most of us know by now, the magazine went out of business before the issue was published. I was happy to get my pieces back and I really think this will be a popular pattern. The painting on the figures is simple – only blocking in with NO SHADING – but the use of DecoArt Metallic paints make them look really nice anyway.
I am also offering kits for the Santa and elf jumping toys in two sizes – Small (about 5" tall) and Large (about 9" tall). The small kits can be found here on my site: SLDPK115A and the large kit can be found here: SLDPK115B. I have had a lot of interest from my painting follwers for these items and I think they make wonderful painting projects for painters of all levels. :)
And finally, I completed making the pattern for the pretty fretwork sleigh ornaments that I had shown earlier this week. (SLD484 - 12 Dashing Through the Snow Fretwork Ornaments)
I really, really loved making these ornaments, and I was thrilled at the positive response I received when I showed them. Because of this, I also decided to create a pattern that I am offering for FREE on the site which contains one of the ornaments from the above set as well as another exclusive ornament. You can download the PDF pattern on our Free Patterns and Resources page.
I tried to make the free sleighs a medium level project so that everyone can enjoy creating them. The pattern of 12 contains sleighs of all levels and types – from simple to intricate – so those who are newer can work on improving their skills.
I am also planning to work on a new free painting pattern for my painting followers this weekend. It has been a while since I updated that and I want to have something nice to offer them as well. I have a good idea and will take the time this weekend to work on it and get it up on the site.
So that is where I am at today. I still have lots to do and I have to work on a couple of things here at home. It has been incredibly busy, but I truly enjoy every day and appreciate that so many people like what we are making.
I hope you all have a good weekend planned. It is very dreary and autumn-like here today, but that is part of the season. I am sure that I will have fun working on some new things and creating. I hope you do as well.
Happy Friday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"